Thrift Store Finds {New Vignette in the Entry!}

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Thrift Store Finds

For awhile I didn’t want to bring too many new pieces in to my house, I was trying to weed out things I didn’t want while fixing up our kitchen, adding the wood floors and painting to make our house feel more like “us.” And I didn’t want more “stuff” in the way. I prefer to clear out first and then see what I really want. I only want things I really like or have some meaning to us.

While I am obviously still evolving to where I want the house to be (nothing stays the same until I finally love it — and even then I may still tweak it!), I knew I wanted to add more of the vintage cottage vibe I love so much by actually adding in some older and vintage pieces. I really love a mix of the new and old, natural and painted pieces. I don’t want clutter. Just charming touches that mean something to us or set the right tone for our house.

Fortunately we have a pretty cool flea market near us, which is kind of shocking to me because I live on a random peninsula in the Puget Sound.  Cool or vintage stuff is hard to find. Until I discovered this place, which I will write more about soon. Remember when I got my green wire crate? That was from the same place.

thrift store finds

When my daughter and I found this adorable dresser last week, I knew it was just the right cottage mood to set the stage as you enter the house. We brought it in and right away transformed our whole main floor. Don’t you love when that happens? It was just perfect. It wasn’t too shabby, had a touch of class with the old metal hardware, a rounded front, and best part of all, I didn’t even have to paint it because it was already cute. Score.

No need to worry or feel sad if you are a natural wood lover, I am too — I love natural wood and have plenty of it in my house! But this piece IS adorable painted.

This new entry dresser tied in other painted pieces we have like our powder room vanity, our dining room table and our two white painted rattan chairs in the kitchen. Somehow having several places on the main floor with “white or nearly white” painted furniture seems to have established just the right cottage vibe without veering too far from my intended mix of styles. With the white planked walls on the other side of the entry, it feels very bright, light and pretty.

entry table styling

We also found that AWESOME painting at the same thrift store. My heart skipped a beat when I saw it. The sea? A boat? PERFECTION. You know it is feast or famine when you shop at flea markets and thrift stores, but lately it’s been a feast for me. I’m on a roll! I found a couple of other cool things I’ll show you later. That blue planter was not from a thrift store, it was from Target — another favorite place to shop.

DIY Bottle Lamp

And yeah, so I found that old water jug at the flea market too and turned it into a LAMP. A REAL WORKING LAMP. No biggie, right? Unless you are ME! I’m NOT a DIY Diva until suddenly I AM!

I was shocked that I could actually make a lamp — and it only took me about five minutes No actual electrical shocks occurred. I’ll show you how easy this was in my next post. I’m now addicted to lamp making. I can’t wait to make more!

Here is the follow up post with the details on How to Make a Lamp!…

So can you believe it? I made MY OWN LAMP!


{Fresh Spring} What’s Your Home’s Seasonal Style?

coastal entry way

Wayfair Coastal Living via House of Turquoise

Spring and summer style

Are you influenced by the climate OUTSIDE when you decorate your home INSIDE? I don’t mean do you put out seasonal decor like flowers in the spring and fall branches in October, but more along the lines of actually basing your furniture and color preferences on the season you see outside most of the time, the season you happen to love or feel most comfortable in.

I actually think I am swayed to have a slightly different style and color preferences in spring than I do in the fall. But then again, I think it is fun to embrace every season, so if I can make choices that flow easily from one season to the next, I’m most happy all year round.

But sometimes there is an obvious “base seasonal style” that makes the most sense in your particular home or part of the country.

fresh spring decorating style

What is your home’s seasonal style? Does your house most look like summer? Or spring? Or winter? Or fall? No season is off limits when it comes to decorating style in your home, of course they are all beautiful style in their own way.

Fall and winter can be oh-so-cozy and comforting and just the right mood for a cozy or natural style. Spring and summer colors might lift our mood because it feels fresh and alive when the sun comes out and the garden is calling our name.

spring dining spaceSpring Colors Dining Space via BHG

I think we might gravitate toward one or the other season in our style at home for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it is just because we like certain colors that feel more like the season. But sometimes we are influenced by the climate or part of the country we live in, the style of our home, the furnishings we have, or how the seasons affect our moods.

spring sitting area

Spring colors sitting area via BHG

Perhaps we are more “indoor people” or “outdoor people,” or winter sports lovers or beach bums! Or if you are like me, maybe you tend to feel comfortable in more than one season (thanks to our own fairly mild climate here in the NW!) so you try to have a home that can be comfortable and flow from one season to the next.

pretty home office martha o'hara interiors

Pretty spring colors in a home office
Martha O’Hara Interiors via House of Turquoise

There is no right or wrong or more beautiful seasonal style for a home, as long as you LOVE it and feel comfortable in it in all seasons!

So, what season is most reflected in your home decor? Do you tend to alter your preferences with the season?
Every time spring rolls around, these spring and summery spaces are the rooms and colors I tend to ooh and ahh over!

PS. If you subscribe via email, you may have missed the two posts that went out yesterday (due to some technical difficulties.) So if you missed them, you can find Inspired Style here and the fabulous too-amazing-to-miss ebook bundle sale here!

Also, I’m guest posting over at An Extraordinary Day in honor of Diane’s first blogging anniversary!

Inspired Style: Spindles

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Inspired Style: Spindle Furniture

I love interesting little details on furniture.  Twisty legs, spindles, or the Jenny Lind style beds  — they all add such a fun sculptural detail to a room!

I have a cool old chair with spindle legs that my mom found at an estate sale years ago. It has been sitting around in my garage since we moved here! Now I’m inspired to give it a fresh makeover and bring it out again!

Do you have any spindle style furniture?


Land of Nod Jenny Lind Bed

This post is the first in an ongoing blog series I’ll be sharing here from time to time called “Inspired Style,” which will focus on types or styles of furniture and accessories to look out for when you shop at Goodwill, thrift stores, consignment shops or your favorite local furniture stores! Hopefully it will inspire you to be on the look out for thrifty finds of some classic and fun styles!

Sources by row from left to right:

Row 1:   1) Jessica Helgerson via Design Sponge 2) BHG

Row 2:   1) Hallie and Mark Burrier via Apartment Therapy 2) Phoebe Howard

Row 3:   1) Gil Walsh 2) A Country Farmhouse

***Did you see the awesome ebook bundle sale in the previous post? Don’t miss it, it is a great deal on a one week only sale bundle of some of my favorite author’s ebooks!

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